A fourth coronavirus death, plus two dozen more infections, mostly in South Florida

This is a new image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the disease that flared in Wuhan, China, spread workwide. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab

The Florida Department of Health on Saturday confirmed a fourth death and reported at least two dozen more coronavirus cases, predominantly in South Florida where the number of infections continue to rise.

The fourth death is connected to a Lee County man, 77, who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19.

The third death case, reported earlier Saturday morning, was described as a Florida resident in Orange County, in the Orlando area, who was in California. The woman, 68, was tested positive in California following travel to Asia, according to the Florida health department.

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus that has expanded across the globe, including in the United States. The pandemic has  led to cancellations of mass gatherings, schools closures and other measures as states try to curtail the infections.

The new cases Saturday are predominantly in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties in South Florida. As of Saturday, Broward has the most Florida resident cases — 20, followed by Miami-Dade, 8, and Palm Beach, 5, according to the department’s data.

This new group of coronavirus cases include younger people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Many of the cases are travel related, and not just international travel, but domestic travel as well.

The Florida Department of Health data on positive COVID-19 cases now shows:

/3 Florida deaths;

/70 Florida resident cases;

/6  Florida resident cases diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida;

/7 non-Florida residents.

Here are details of the new Florida resident cases Saturday morning:

  • A 41-year old male in Orange County. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case;
  • A 54-year old male in Osceola County. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case;
  • A 51-year old male in Miami-Dade County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case;
  • A 67-year old female in Manatee County. She is isolated. This is a travel- related case associated with domestic travel.
  • A 62-year old female in Manatee County. She is isolated. This is not a travel -related case.
  • A 29-year old male in Volusia County. He is isolated. This is a travel-related case and is associated with close contact with a traveler.
  • A 59-year old female in Palm Beach County. She is isolated. This is a travel- related case and is associated with domestic travel.
  • A 65-year old male in Palm Beach County. He is isolated. This is a travel- related case and associated with domestic travel.
  • A 42-year old male in Miami-Dade County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 77-year old female in Miami-Dade County. She is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 59-year old male in Broward County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 37-year old male in Miami-Dade County. He is isolated. This is a travel- related case and associated with travel to Europe.
  • A 39-year old female in Miami-Dade County. She is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 20-year old female in Broward County. She is isolated. This is a travel-related case associated with travel to Europe.
  • A 83-year old female in Broward County. She is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 41-year old male in Broward County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 20-year old female in Broward County. She is isolated. This is a travel-related case and associated with travel to Europe.
  • A 19-year old female in Broward County. She is isolated. This is a travel-related case and associated with travel to Europe.
  • A 22-year old female in Broward County. She is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 19-year old male in Broward County. He is isolated. This is a travel-related case and associated with travel to Europe.
  • A 58-year old male in Broward County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 43-year old male in Miami-Dade County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.
  • A 37-year old male in Palm Beach County. He is isolated. It is unclear whether this was a travel-related case.

Non-resident cases:

  • A 69-year old male, non-Florida resident visiting from Europe. Tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County.
Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.